Today, the 5th graders learned the physics of how a parachute works. Such as, how the effects of air resisitance and gravity make a parachute expand. When the parachute expands, it slows down the person using the parachute. Thus keeping them safe. With this in mind, today the students had to design their own parachutes. With materials like grocery bags, coffee filters and aluminum foil sheets. Regardless of what they built the parachute out of, they all had the same goal, getting the parachute to successfully land in the target provided to them and to have the slowest descent possible. With an hour of design time, these 5th grade students had to become engineers. Above, are images of the students, their trials and their design.